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May Day - Global Labour Rights - Triangle Returns - Race To The Bottom


World  (tags: Institute For Global Labour And Human Ri, Charles Kernaghan, sweatshops, Triangle Fire, May Day, Labor Movement, Social Movement )

Dandelion
- 124 days ago - youtube.com
"I believe, as we race to the bottom in this global sweatshop economy, that this is the most necessary social movement of our generation. And God help us and the young people if we fail." Charles Kernaghan Institute For Global Labor And Human Rights



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Ben Oscarsito (335)
Thursday May 1, 2014, 6:11 am
Right, It's May Day...International Workers' Day! It's a holiday!
http://www.pslweb.org/liberationnews/newspaper/vol-6-no-7/history-may-day.html
...I'm retired, but still it's MY DAY as well!
 

Kit B. (276)
Thursday May 1, 2014, 6:27 am

I'm so tired of these wars - a war on women, war on the poor a non-stop war on workers. We can not pay them fairly, it might cut into profits, we can not afford decent working conditions, that might cut into profits. Once, when Unions were strong both the worker and the industrialist were making money. The workers a living wages, the owners reaped the profits. As long as working conditions were safe and workers could provide for their families, no one cared about the owners and their profits. This twisted and sick idea the all the protections need to be for the owners and investors forgets that we have proven in real life that well paid workers return their weight in gold. Here we are back in a turn of century (19th) thinking. Somehow the workers are supposed to owe their life to the owners?

One answer is clear, only unions can protect workers. Congress is totally useless.

Thanks Dandelion, from a proud life member of the NEA, a teachers union.
 

Kit B. (276)
Thursday May 1, 2014, 6:28 am

Thanks Ben!
 

Debbie S. (33)
Thursday May 1, 2014, 8:49 am
Like Kit and Ben's comments...very true. We are being screwed by our government who sold us out.
 

BarbCat SunshineLady (1646)
Thursday May 1, 2014, 9:11 am
When I was a kid my Mom always said 'the world is going to hell in a hand basket.' It made me cringe, I never understood what she meant. Of course now I do. It's not just our goverment that's screwing us. ALL governments are screwing other countries too. Thanks Dandelion.
 

Angelika R. (146)
Thursday May 1, 2014, 11:10 am
"One answer is clear, only unions can protect workers. Congress is totally useless."-(Kit)
She said it all, EXACTLY ! tHX:
 

Mandi T. (424)
Thursday May 1, 2014, 11:11 am
Thanks Sheryl and Ben.
 

Birgit W. (144)
Thursday May 1, 2014, 11:36 am
Thank you Dandelion, Kit, and Angelika. However here in Canada we have unions which are corrupt, and they are only working for their employers, and if people go to a lawyer in order to get hep, they are being told as long as they are in a union the lawyers cannot help them.
Any advise to all those poor Canadian people which do not know how to get any help at all in this case?
 

Dandelion G. (386)
Thursday May 1, 2014, 11:59 am
Throw out those who are corrupt in your Unions. IF the Union isn't working for you, then vote them out. People all need to bond together, I'm sure something can be fixed if enough people place their heads together. Here in the USA there was issues also with some of the Unions, people have to stay as vigilant with the Unions as they do in their Government. Problem is we all became too complacent thinking there were protections in every step of the way. At one time that was more true, but little by little those have been removed or eroded, so it is time to roll up the sleeves everyone must pull together. You are still doing better than us Brigit, a study just has been released to state your Middle Class has the highest standard or wages now. Of coarse ours is gone and going into the toilet, so that might not mean that yours is so great it is just everyone else is doing far worse.
 

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Jude Hand (59)
Thursday May 1, 2014, 12:12 pm
Noted, tweeted. The video was stunning. Thank you, Dandelion. So many things cross my mind. The NY fire was two years before my father was born in NJ. The protections that it forced. The man's repetition of the huge, wealthy companies that "cannot afford" 35 cents and hour. The horror of the locked doors at the factories, folks choosing to jump to their deaths. Then I think, Bangladesh. I remember the concert for Bangladesh when I was a teenager. No concert now (yet?). There have to be wealthy people in the U.S. that use their money wisely and fairly. WE THE PEOPLE. Whether we agree to allowing "under God" stay in the Pledge of Allegiance or not is not the important thing. If we believe we are under God, we know that, being God He knows our hearts, so let's focus. WE THE PEOPLE. A lot of great things have occurred in American history because of the choices we made to start this new country, new form of government. As countries go, we're not very old. So, looking over time, it didn't really take us long to circle back to what we thought we were leaving elsewhere and coming toward with such hope. WE THE PEOPLE. The United States of America. Indivisible? A 'Welfare State'? A Christian Nation? A bunch of do-gooders who need to be kept in line by an iron fist? A lot to think about.
 

Dot A. (133)
Thursday May 1, 2014, 12:34 pm
CORRUPTION IS EVERYWHERE!
check out jennifer @ Thursday May 1, 2014, 12:00 pm [ jennifer the seductress spammer ]
*****
Green Star to Birgit
There's no safety in Unions now either. ( be there, and learned that )
~~~
However, keeping up the 'good' fight is better than the alternative. Even a courtroom judge on tv last evening said that our US used to be a great country. Now, our standards and our virtues have been sold out to the dinosaur brains of most organizations.
****
When will we ever learn.
When will we E V E R learn,...............
 

Sandi C. (242)
Thursday May 1, 2014, 2:16 pm
noted
 

Jonathan Harper (0)
Thursday May 1, 2014, 2:38 pm
Noted
 

Rose NoFWDSPLZ (273)
Thursday May 1, 2014, 3:35 pm
Well said Ben
 

Evanola Davis (65)
Thursday May 1, 2014, 4:10 pm
Thank you
 

Diane K. (136)
Thursday May 1, 2014, 5:59 pm
It is sad to hear about the sweat shops that are still in business, after all these years. Terrible tragedies that have occurred due to cheap corporations & their owners. thanks for post, Dandelion
 

LaurenAWAY Kozen (159)
Thursday May 1, 2014, 7:10 pm
Noted & Shared. Thanks for posting Dandelion.
Also, thanks Ben.
 

Millie O'Connor (179)
Thursday May 1, 2014, 8:30 pm
Noted. Thanks, Sheryl.
 

Ros G. (90)
Thursday May 1, 2014, 9:19 pm
Thanks so much for bringing this to the fore Dandelion..have signed many petitions, boycott the goods and let the store know why...etc.. I do agree with Birgit and Dot...that's the problem..you can't "throw them out" or "not vote for them"..the Rank and File don't have that power anymore it's been taken away..it is done by the "Executives" of the Unions..and these "Executives' become Politicians (here in Australia at least) We have just jailed another one for fraud...Union Leader turned Politician protected by his own and the person who blew the whistle..lost her job..and had death threats made against her and her supporters...I have worked in Industrial Relations as an Employer's Advocate..in the 1980's it was a Spinning Mill that operated 24 hrs a day..7 days a week.. mostly all the workers (M&F) were migrants that could speak very little English and Unionism was still compulsory on the floor...we had Shop Stewards as well..I had a problem on the Afternoon and Night Shifts..the Foreman... were threatening some of the women for sexual favours...I removed two of the foreman to different sections and shifts ...where there were more male workers and replaced those two shift foreman with gay employees..the Union was called in and they threatened to strike if I did not give the two foreman their original posts back.......I refused...the Union Officials said they would bring the Transport Workers' Union to boycott our deliveries..I refused..they then said that something terrible could happen to me one day coming to and from work...I told the Union Officials I would bring in the Police and get rape charges bought against the two foreman and would personally go around to their homes and tell their wives what has been happening on the shifts and why they wanted to get back on them so badly.......the Union officials said we could sort it out ourselves and left..after a meeting with the workers who were happy with the new arrangements..they decided not to pay their Union fees....that's the only recourse they had....not pay them their fees..
Thank you Ben..enjoyed the song.....
 

B Lewenza (76)
Thursday May 1, 2014, 9:22 pm
Noted and shared This is very heart breaking and shameful. These people couldn't even get 10 cents an hour more for their hard work. They work all month with only one day off. Walmart and The Gap NEEDS TO BE BOYCOTT! This is deplorable for them going backwards instead of forward. I for one will not purchase from The Gap or Walmart they can go under as far as I am concerned. Shame on both of you.
 

Ros G. (90)
Thursday May 1, 2014, 9:22 pm
Oh... Spammers flagged
 

Laurie H. (710)
Thursday May 1, 2014, 9:38 pm
Very Difficult to note, but so appreciate this share dearest Sheryl & everyone's input as well. We simply cannot go backwards in time---so much progress had been accomplished years ago. I want to believe there could be hope if it's fought hard enough-Spammers reported~~~
 

Ben B. (39)
Thursday May 1, 2014, 9:44 pm
Hell in a hand-basket indeed! Thank you Dandelion for posting and totally agree with Ben, Kit et al.
Solidarity for ever, comrades!
 

Colin Hope (244)
Thursday May 1, 2014, 10:00 pm
Done n dusted!!
 

Inge Bjorkman (138)
Thursday May 1, 2014, 11:25 pm
Stop working, be self sufficient and be free and happy.
I did it in 1992 and have never regretted that decision one day.
The Green Revolution.

Love, Peace and Understanding
 

Pat A. (117)
Friday May 2, 2014, 12:00 am
One thing that irritates me beyond measure is those (we all know some) who say selfish things like 'Oh it's so far away...' and 'It couldn't happen here' - firstly it isn't far away - we can vote with our feet and our money and not go to places that profit from such near-slave labor, and secondly it has happened here and it will happen everywhere around the world including here if we don't stop such things coming back.

'Zero hours' contracts are one abomination - the employee is always on call 24 hours a day and has no employee benefits such as sick pay or holidays - or decent pay either - I hope that their working conditions are safe, but if matters get worse I wouldn't bet on it!
 

Susan Allen (221)
Friday May 2, 2014, 12:35 am
Noted and shared. You could not pay me to buy anything at the Gap or at Walmart. Public pressure through the almighty dollar is the only thing these corporations or any corporations will ever understand. They do not care how people suffer. They do not care if people can not pay their rent or buy food to feed and clothe their families. They do not care that these people died in this fire. They just do not care.

And say what you will about Unions, but they are the only way that workers will ever get paid a fair wage, as well as having safe and decent working conditions. As Sheryl said, if you have bad officers or bad reps, vote their asses out. The membership is in control of any union. It is the membership that puts people into power exactly the same way that Americans put the idiots into power that are running our country into the ground. It is all the same. Unions are just a tiny microcosm of the greater whole.

Ben, thank you for the Lennon tune. There could not be a more appropriate song.

Spammers flagged.
 

Arild Warud (163)
Friday May 2, 2014, 2:11 am
This is the true face of the global economy (read outsourcing),the western world are not able to compete with the extremely low wages being paid in the devolping Countries.Be very careful next time you buy something,I believe all goods should be labelled where it was produced.
I've been part of a union all my working life and I always celebrate May Day and in Norway and in Portugal where I live now this is a public holiday,not so in the USA.
It sadens me that very little have changed in the last 100 years and looking into the future probably nothing much will change in the forseeable future either.
Thanks for posting this Sheryl allthough I'm not optimistic about the future,people don't care,they vote with their wallets.
 

Marija Mohoric (51)
Friday May 2, 2014, 2:27 am
It is getting even worse for 99%! Tks Ben for J. Lennon.
 

Dandelion G. (386)
Friday May 2, 2014, 4:35 am
Thanks for sharing a personal insight Ros. When people don't treat each other fairly life becomes very difficult no matter where one works or lives.
 

Ros G. (90)
Friday May 2, 2014, 5:29 am
So true Dandelion...I do believe in a fair days pay for a fair days work..and the safety of workers is paramount ..it's a Duty of Care...I am not against Unions or Governments but I am against their corruption, fraud and stand over tactics..we do pay via taxes for our Governments..and we do pay for our Unions via subscriptions...so it's not a free ride for any one of us..despite some public opinion..we all pay..things have changed dramatically in the last 4 decades..We the People, are less Powerless through Legislation..that's what we have to turn around...the Legislators..expose their "slush funds' And on a happy note well here where I live at least (NSW Australia) the Police Minister has just resigned....another victim of a "slush fund"
 

Dot A. (133)
Friday May 2, 2014, 7:39 am
CORRUPT >>> SPAM POSTER - STILL HERE and REPOSTED AGAIN
- now as Beth @ Thursday May 1, 2014, 7:06 pm / yesterday evening -
~~~
please ditch this intruder
before it gets worse
[ the "flag as inappropriate" click doesn't seem to be very effective ]
 

Dandelion G. (386)
Friday May 2, 2014, 8:38 am
Thanks Dot for flagging as I've been doing. I have one thread that the spam is coming on as fast as the actual C2 members. Terrible.
 

Dan Nickerson (178)
Friday May 2, 2014, 9:33 am
Video noted. Sadly, history repeating itself. Work scam SPAM reported.
 

Dandelion G. (386)
Friday May 2, 2014, 9:51 am
We all can not longer be complacent in this. When we support Walmart and the Gap we are also supporting this horrible conditions that workers overseas are having to endure, as well as our own people are being paid so low they qualify for Food Stamps. No one is benefits from this system except the Corporation and the highest paid in it. Garments that we buy from those places many times are not lasting or fall apart as everyone is trying to get a cut in the profits. Cheaper thread, cheaper cloth, one retains any savings if they must buy over and over because things wear out or fall apart faster.
 

Natalie Away J. (125)
Friday May 2, 2014, 11:10 am
Noted. This is too terrible for those poor workers who lost their lives, and for all other workers in sweatshops everywhere being treated so badly. We should all boycott all those stores. I've never bought anything from Walmart or Gap. Thanks Sheryl.
 

Rhonda B. (100)
Friday May 2, 2014, 11:32 am
Noted.
 

Rhonda B. (100)
Friday May 2, 2014, 11:32 am
Reported spam.
 

Ros G. (90)
Friday May 2, 2014, 4:04 pm
Sorry should be "more Powerless" ..spammer flag
 

Shirley S. (174)
Friday May 2, 2014, 7:18 pm
Here in Australia unions are strong. Always in trouble but strong. Our teachers union is to be admired for what they have accomplished over the years.Our current government is trying to disrupt the unions & that is a sure way for them to be ousted.
 

Ros G. (90)
Saturday May 3, 2014, 8:23 pm
True Shirley about the Teachers Union being strong...they go on strike to get their voices heard..they can because they are not considered an essential service and if a school closes for even a half day it creates havoc with child care arrangements.. and parents get angry. Police, Nurses and Ambos can only strike in small numbers as they are not allowed to shut down their places of employment..as is the case with communications, power, etc. Unionism has not been compulsory for a few decades now, the Award system was replace by Enterprise Bargining and a new Workplace Reform system over a decade ago so Unions weren't needed to negotiate your employment contracts..Most of our Unions are "toothless tigers" only there to support their own Political Agendas....Craig Thompson comes to mind.....if they are so strong how come they have not been able to stop huge job loses, within Finance and Manufacturing..Ford, Holden, Qantas, etc and companies going offshore..and when was the last time you saw a good "old fashion" strike???? Workers rights have slowly been reducing since the '80's and '90's and if memory serves me right..it was started back in the Hawke/Keating Government...remember them..the Labor Party..the Party that sticks up for the Worker - the little guy... I am not a supporter or member of either the Labor Party or the Coalition so I have not bias. I did however get an email on Friday from Chris Bowen (Labor) asking me what I thought of the of the Coalitions plan to put up the retirement age to 70yrs.......my response to him was.."Chris..I'm still reeling from the fact that your Government put up the retirement age to 67years" Yes..the Unions are mumbling a little that people doing manual jobs can't do that until they're 70...my guess is that they can't do it at 67 either...but not a word from them on behalf of their members
 
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